Weather and satellite APIs for precision farming

Weather and satellite APIs for precision farming

Objectives:
As farms mainly consist of crop fields, which can be hundreds of acres in size, much time and resources are demanded of farmers in obtaining an accurate picture of the overall condition of these farms.
Drying out of plants or, conversely, an excess of moisture and a rise in the number of pests: these can all take their toll on the size and quality of the harvest and demand a rapid response. There are also such problems as the danger of overusing fertilizers, which poses a threat not only in terms of extra costs but also in that it is harmful to the environment and primarily to the health of farmers themselves.
To maximize harvests, constant monitoring is required throughout the season; and it is not easy finding the time to keep up with changes for each crop, not to mention monitoring the condition of every single acre. When deciding on long-term plans, a comparative analysis has to be carried out for both the usual course of the seasonal cycle and, in particular, any crises that have arisen.
To assess the current situation and to keep track of changes compared with preceding seasons and with the condition of neighboring fields, accurate information on both the past and the present is needed as well as future forecasts that are as precise as possible.

Solutions:
There are currently numerous services that help with managing farms for any acreage: checking boundaries and nutrient and moisture intake, monitoring the negative effects of weather conditions and diseases, and controlling pest numbers. And this can all be done without having to visit the fields, just by using a phone or tablet screen or a PC.

It is exactly to provide these services that OpenWeather offers a wide range of APIs for different weather and satellite data combined in the one product, Agro API, with universal and simple syntax.

Temperature and Soil Moisture. Their Interaction and Effect on Plant Growth

Temperature and Soil Moisture. Their Interaction and Effect on Plant Growth

Crop farming covers around 40% of the globe and uses 85% of its fresh water.
Often, in countries where agriculture constitutes the principal occupation of farmers, due to drought and overpopulation, they find themselves in a constant battle to maintain everyday resources such as food and water etc. In such cases, productivity and crop prices assume critical importance. And they, in turn, depend primarily on atmospheric factors and soil conditions.

Weather widget’s new geolocation and weather map functionality

Weather widget’s new geolocation and weather map functionality

We invite anyone wishing to do so to try out our weather widget’s new geolocation and weather map functionality - https://openweathermap.org (please note that HTTPS in the URL is required), which can be targeted to the user’s specific location. 

We are happy to announce that one of our products - API for UV-index has got significant improvement

We are happy to announce that one of our products - API for UV-index has got significant improvement

We are happy to announce that one of our products - API for UV-index has got significant improvement.    
- Now besides current and historical data, you can also get UVI forecasts for periods of 8 days.    
Syntax has got considerably easier,  it has become clearer and more unified like other APIs version 2.5.  
- There is a new feature to request data on any geographic coordinates without limits on accuracy.
Accuracy of UVI modeled data has been increased twice (the interpolation grid step decreased from 0.5 to 0.25 degrees).      
- Soon the support of search by city name, city id and zip-code will be available. 

You can find the instructions for the updated version here http://openweathermap.org/api/uvi 

Please pay attention that during 2 weeks UV-index data will be in open access.  Further, access to this data will be available only for paid plans starting from Developer. For more information on our plans please visit  http://openweathermap.org/price

The previous version of API (http://openweathermap.org/api/old-uvi) will be announced deprecated soon, and no support will be provided for this version.

We extended the list of supported languages for weather conditions.

We extended the list of supported languages for weather conditions.

Do you want to receive weather data in your language? We extended the list of supported languages for weather conditions.
Now in our API the following languages are available:

Arabic (ar); Czech (cz); Greek (el); Persian(Farsi) (fa); Galician (gl); Hungarian (hu); Japanese (ja); Korean (kr); Latvian (la); Lithuanian (lt); Macedonian (mk); Slovak (sk); Slovenian (sl); Vietnamese (vi).

We invite all our users to test translations for weather conditions in different languages. We will be happy to extend our language support according to your wishes. If you have any questions or suggestions - please send them to https://openweathermap.desk.com/. The specification for all weather conditions in English is available here: http://openweathermap.org/weather-conditions

New styles for weather maps API

New styles for weather maps API

We added new version of rendering styles for Weathermap API.

To get weather map layers in new predefined styles you need to add _new to the appropriate layer name like the following:

http://tile.openweathermap.org/map/{layer}_new/{z}/{x}/{y}.png?appid={api_key}
History Bulk documentation

History Bulk documentation

For your convenience while working with our historical data we have created History Bulk section at OpenWeatherMap.com. There you can find a manual on data extraction for different time periods and cities, also there are examples of data extraction in JSON and CSV file formats and description of weather parameters.

Weather Historical Bulk is launched!

Weather Historical Bulk is launched!

We are happy to introduce you our new service which provides weather historical data for more than 30,000 cities for the last 5 years.

Now you can simply choose a city (or several cities) and download an archive, which contains bulk file with the weather history up to 5 years - any day, week or even several years. Pricing is simple and easy - just $10 for one city, no matter how much data will you receive http://openweathermap.org/price. Just sign in and place an order on your personal page https://home.openweathermap.org/history_bulks/new. Please note that our traditional History API stays the same.

Weather alerts from OpenWeatherMap

Weather alerts from OpenWeatherMap

We invite you to try our new product - the weather alerts which are based on our meteorological data.

Now you can use simple syntax and a few methods of the API to create triggers which will be working upon the occurrence of specified weather conditions (temperature, humidity, pressure, etc.) in a certain period of time. For example, if you are interested in the forecast of approach of frosts or probability of strengthening of wind in a certain place, then you can get this information by using our new tool. More detailed description of work with service is given below.

The alerts will be generated in our service after performing conditions of the trigger. It is necessary to poll service with a certain interval of time to receive it. In the future we are planning development of this direction, addition of push-notifications and new data sources.
http://openweathermap.org/triggers

Weather Alerts structure
http://openweathermap.org/triggers-struct

Weather Stations API 3.0

Weather Stations API 3.0

OpenWeatherMap is happy to announce good news for owners of private weather stations! We are launching a new version of Weather Stations API 3.0. Now there are more easy ways to manage your stations and transmit its data.